News In Brief: France Telecom, Cisco, HP, Apple, Samsung, Foxconn

France Telecom subsidiary Telekomunikacja Polska has been ordered to pay €396 million to settle a dispute with the Danish Polish Telecommunications Group over fixed-line traffic volumes from 1994 to 2004. The French incumbent has already made provision for the pay-off, but could face further charges covering 2004 onwards.
Cisco has been contracted to deploy its wireless and wireline networking technology in 1,000 schools in Australia’s Victoria state, as part of a $120 million (€93 million) government investment in education infrastructure in the region.
Former HP boss Mark Hurd has interviewed for a position with rival Oracle, less than a month after quitting HP over an expenses and sexual harassment scandal. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison criticized HP’s board for allowing Hurd to resign, reports.
A million users signed up to Apple’s Ping social network within 48 hours of its launch last week, however the music-oriented site faced heavy criticism  from a raft of influential bloggers.
Samsung predicts it will generate double-digit margins on mobile phone sales during 3Q10, and will sell 25 million smartphones this year, reports. Separately, the firm says the Galaxy Tab, its first tablet, will ship within a fortnight
Foxconn has slashed its sales growth target in half to 15% due to slumping PC sales.


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